The Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday announced the club will not allow fans into home games for at least the first three games of the regular season.
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The Seahawks own one of the biggest home-field advantages in the NFL due to a loud fan base and the acoustics at CenturyLink Field.
But due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Seahawks announced Wednesday they will not allow fans in the stands for, at least, Week 2 against the New England Patriots (Sept. 20), Week 3 vs. the Dallas Cowboys (Sept. 27) and Week 5 against the Minnesota Vikings (Oct. 11).
“While we are hopeful that conditions will improve as the season moves forward, we will continue to follow the lead of public health and government officials to make future decisions about having fans in attendance,” the team said in a statement.
While the odds appear remote the restrictions will be lifted by the time the Seahawks return home for the Week 8 game against the 49ers, the door remains open for the possibility some fans will be in the stadium when the two rivals square off.
The 49ers have yet to make any official statement on fans not being allowed to attend games at Levi’s Stadium. With their regular-season opener scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 13, against the Arizona Cardinals, that announcement is likely to come by the end of next week.
The return 49ers-Seahawks game is scheduled for the final day of the regular season, Sunday, Jan. 3, at Levi’s Stadium.